Smantha Barks as Amélie

Samantha Barks stars in charming Amélie musical (Review)

UPDATE 9.14.2015 11:55am PT - We've been informed 8 new performances of Amélie, A New Musical have been added, and the show now runs through October 11. Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeaunet's 2001 hit film (5 Oscar nominations), has landed on the stage.The new production opened over the weekend at Berkeley Rep, and, if...
l-r, Beth (Jamie Jones*) enjoys the joint she scores from teenaged dealer Jonathan (Devin O’Brien) in Aurora Theatre Company’s Bay Area Premiere of Mud Blue Sky

Taking you higher with ‘Mud Blue Sky’

Beth is the take-charge one: your mother – or maybe you – keeping eyelids popped open while trying not to advertise she’s been doing it on autopilot for a mighty long time.
Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education, The California Chapter

Policy pivots along ‘School-to-Prison-Pipeline’ with Anna Deavere Smith (Review)

She’s so powerful that she can use words like “impactful,” and you want to believe them.
Boulevard Review

Boulevard: Robin Williams’ final performance (Review)

"Are you happy?"It's like a sucker punch. And the chills come fast. When Robin Williams's character Nolan Mack, a quiet and reliable banker, is asked that question by his boss, the sadness is multi-layered, the emptiness very real.Boulevard is one of Robin William's last big screen performances. Others include...
Frances McDormand - Fargo

Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand to perform at Berkeley Rep

Frances McDormand, Kathleen Chalfant, and Steven Epp scheduled to star next season at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Live from New York!

‘Live from New York!’ an entertaining, revealing look at the comedy institution known as SNL

New documentary re-visits 40 years of Saturday Night Live's influence and impact on comedy, and American culture.
Bay Area Book Festival

Starting up in Berkeley: Inaugural Bay Area Book Festival

Dr. Bonyfide (Jin An Wong) sagely pronounced “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom,” as he showed Know Yourself PBC's latest offerings, while Kim Stinson Serrano helped a young visitor spin a gaming wheel and affix a scapula (shoulder bone) in place.

Rising Water, Rising Fast: Head of Passes

A different way to wrap your mind around Head of Passes is to think of it as a variant of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking – re-morphed culturally for the bayou and performed by a cast with killer acting chops.

Stark Weekend: Montalvo, Magic Flute, Head of Passes, Let there Be Love

Stark Insider round-up of things to do in and around San Francisco.

Berkeley Rep’s ‘Tartuffe’ smart fun with no morning-after regrets (Review)

If you’ve been petutzed by the DC clowns, so devoid of the Christian virtues they claim to profess, Tartuffe will have a salutary effect on your blood pressure - at least temporarily.